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{SE Travel Edition}: Two C's: Chatsworth & Cambridge

While the vast majority of my Easter "break" has been devoted to writing essays - thirteen thousand words worth to be exact -, I have had a bit of fun and done a few other things.

My actual break took place around Easter weekend when a friend came to visit me. We've both bounced around quite a bit of the world since we've last seen each other in person and it was the perfect chance to catch up. And geek out over all things England and Austen. Yes, Jane Austen.

The day after my friend arrived, we hit the road - ok we actually hit the rails and then the road - and visited Chatsworth House. If you're a fellow Austen fan, you might recognize it as the house which was used as Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. It's also rumoured to be the actual house that Jane Austen based Pemberley on in the book.

 The house is exquisite in its own right with centuries of history. Pictures don't even begin to do it justice. It's like a small(er) versio…

And Though She Be But Little She Is ...

As someone who can be best described as ... petite, I've always found this particular Shakespeare quote relatable. Yes I may be small, but just because I lack in height doesn't mean I'm short anywhere else.

I know, it was a bad pun.

There is something about that quote that draws me. I want to be fierce.

But why I ask myself? Why do I want or need to be fierce?

Because I want to be strong and independent, to hold my own when it needs holding. To have it all together and to fight my own battles. When life's challenges come calling, I want to be ready. I want to be fierce.

Or so I thought.
"Oh, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd!  She was a vixen when she went to school.   And though she be but little, she is fierce." Oh, context, there you are.

This famous Shakespearian quote, the battle cry of those of us who are or feel little but want to be taken seriously, was not about that at all.

Instead it was one woman insulting another; let's just say the …